Wagner-Backed Lawsuit Would Strip Care From 230,000 Missourians
“With record job losses and in the midst of a global pandemic, access to affordable, quality health care has never been more important. But that’s of little consequence to party lackeys like Congresswoman Ann Wagner who continue to toe the party line and push for repeal at the command of her special interest donors,” said DCCC Spokesperson Courtney Rice.
“Combined with the administration’s crashing failure to address the pandemic, [the lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act] at this time qualifies as political psychosis.
President Barack Obama’s signature program, the ACA (Obamacare) has provided health care coverage to millions of Americans who either couldn’t afford it or were rendered uninsurable by preexisting medical conditions. Before Obamacare, it was common for insurance companies to deny coverage to people based on conditions like diabetes, heart disease or even pregnancy. The ACA prohibits that practice.
On the same day administration lawyers were imploring the justices to pull the medical rug out from under some of the most vulnerable people in America, a new report showed that almost half a million people enrolled in the ACA in April and May, a 46% increase over the same period a year earlier. It’s a measure of how the twin threats of illness and unemployment have made the Obamacare safety net more crucial than ever. And still, Trump and the GOP are pressing ahead in their effort to cut it down.
Trump, Hawley and most other elected Republicans say they want to protect people with preexisting conditions. Yet they’re barreling toward eviscerating the one such protection there is, while offering nothing to replace it. […]
If so, America would return to a time when a diagnosis of serious illness could also become a sentence of bankruptcy. Every Republican candidate on the ballot this November who supports this twisted attack on American health care — which is virtually the whole party — should pay at the polling places.”
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